Aggravated Level One DWI punishment is potentially greater than Habitual Impaired Driving sentences. Although a misdemeanor, the maximum punishment is 36 months, with a fine as high as $10,000. The judicial system is just coming to terms with the nuances of the complex statute; we are finally getting answers about how the punishments authorized are applied in the real world.
Defendants sentenced as a Level A1 offender are not eligible for parole. “Good time” credit, available for other levels of impaired driving sentencing, is not applied to A1 sentences. Good time credit is rewarded at the rate of one day per every day of good behavior, effectively capable of cutting a sentence in half, so this is a significant difference that must be communicated to clients and defendants.
Instead of parole, they are released four months early, in line with the new structured sentencing guidelines for felonies.
Contact our Greensboro DUI Lawyers today if you or someone you know has been charged with DUI in Greensboro, High Point or Asheboro.